12 March 2021
Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander


***UPDATE:  Name Released***

A preliminary investigation determined Victor M. Naula Lopez, 38, of Whitestone, NY, was operating a 2018 Peterbilt tractor trailer northbound on I-87, in the middle lane when a 2021 Toyota sideswiped the tractor trailer, causing it to spin out and strike a 2011 Freightliner Semi, driven by Celso A. Lopez, 56, of New Rochelle, NY.  Lopez was uninjured. 

The Peterbilt tractor trailer overturned in a wooded area where Naula Lopez was pronounced deceased and transported to the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

The Toyota, a rental car owned by EAN Holdings LLC, was towed to Troop F Headquarters where it is being held as evidence pending forensic processing.  The driver of the Toyota fled the scene. 

Troopers were assisted on scene by Troop F CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), CVEU (Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit), Canine, and BCI. 

The crash remains under investigation.  Updates will be provided as more information develops.


Ramapo, NY – On March 12, 2021, at approximately 5:00 a.m., State Police were dispatched to investigate a serious injury crash on I-87 northbound, in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County.

The crash occurred in the area of mile marker 26.9 involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle.  One driver has been confirmed deceased at this time. 

The right lane remains blocked while the scene is being reconstructed.  Traffic is currently delayed by approximately 2 miles.

This is still an ongoing investigation.  More information will be released as it becomes available.



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